Shohei Otani will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic

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I’m not a super World Baseball Classic enthusiast, but one of the things I was looking forward to in the WBC was seeing Japanese star Shohei Otani play. As we’ve mentioned before, the guy both hits and pitches like an all-star. We’ve not seen his like in baseball in our lifetimes.

Sadly, however, he will only be a one-way player at best in the WBC, as he announced today that he will not pitch for Japan because of an ankle injury. He may still hit, but it’s not entirely certain.